Burpham Gardening Club News

Written by John Boon

May & June 2020

Please note that all Club meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus. I hope that you all stay well and I look forward to seeing you at future meetings and events.

One of the best places to self isolate is in your garden (weather permitting), gardening is very good for your mental and physical wellbeing and as it is right on your doorstep it can easily become part of your daily physical exercise with an added bonus of producing fruit, vegetables and flowers for you to enjoy.

Things to do in the garden in May.

  • Continue to make successional sowings of Salad Crops.
  • French and Runner Beans can now be sown outdoors.
  • There is still time to sow Courgettes and Squash in pots for planting out later, remember always to sow the seed standing on edge to aid germination.
  • Kale, Leeks and Purple Sprouting should be sown now for harvesting during the Winter months.
  • Brussel Sprouts and Tomatoes should be planted towards the end of the month after the risk of a frost has past, start removing side shoots from Tomatoes except for Bush varieties.
  • Spray Roses regularly with a systemic insecticide to control Blackspot and Greenfly.
  • Sweet Peas need to be tied to supports as they grow.
  • Towards the end of the month plant out young Dahlia plants and tubers.

One of the best places to self isolate is in your garden, gardening is very good for your mental and physical wellbeing and as it is right on your doorstep…

  • A Spring and Summer dressing should be applied to lawns when rain is forecast.
  • The RHS are now asking you to allow flowers to grow on your lawns instead of insisting on a smooth green surface, so that you can help to replace 7.5 million acres of wildflowers lost in this country since the Thirties and support bees, butterflies and other pollinators looking for nectar.

Things to do in the garden in June.

  • Harvest Salad crops as they mature.
  • When Early Potatoes come into flower they are ready to be dug.
  • Sow French and Runner Beans for a late crop.
  • Plant out Courgettes, Squash.
  • Fast growing Annuals such as Calendula can be sown where they are to grow.
  • Complete the planting of Summer Bedding Plants Cannas, Dahlias and Gladioli.
  • Dead head Delphiniums and Lupins to encourage a second flush.
  • Pinch out the leading shoots of Chrysanthemum, Helianthus and Fuchsia to encourage a bushy growth.
  • Spring flowering shrubs such as Forsythia and Philadelphus should be pruned but leave Magnolias until they are in full leaf.
  • The planting out of Containers and Tubs should be completed.
  • Make sure that newly planted trees and shrubs are well watered during dry weather.

To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123

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